Using Tea Tree Oil To Treat Your Adult Acne

Posted on: 16 May 2016

Have you tried numerous acne treatments with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide with no relief? Every case of adult acne is different, and while these conventional treatments work for some, they are ineffective for others. There's another more natural acne treatment you may want to try if your breakouts have not responded to conventional treatments: tea tree oil. Here's a closer look at this substance and how you can use it to calm your breakouts.

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is made from the leaves of a tree that's native to Australia. It is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make it a good choice for treating adult acne (since acne is caused, at least in part, by bacteria.) Tea tree oil is all natural, and it is a mild alternative to conventional acne treatments. It should not leave your skin flaky, dry or irritated.

How can you use tea tree oil to treat your acne?

There are actually several ways to harness the acne-fighting power of tea tree oil:

Use a prepared tea tree oil-based acne wash: There are several prepared skin cleansers and acne washes on the market that use tea tree oil as the active ingredient. You can often find these at health food stores and higher-end cosmetic stores. The problem with these products is that they sometimes contain other dyes, foaming agents, and fragrances that may irritate your skin or make acne worse.  So if you prefer to use an already-prepared acne wash, look for one that's made with natural ingredients only.

Make your own tea tree oil wash: If you're very sensitive to chemical additives, you can make your own tea tree oil face wash. Just mix a small squirt of unscented, liquid Castile soap with a drop of tea tree essential oil in the palm of your hand. Then, use this mixture to gently cleanse your face. Rinse with clear water. Castile soap is made with just olive oil, so it's very safe to use on sensitive skin and should not contribute to breakouts.

Spot-treat your acne: If you already have a mild face wash that you like, you may want to continue using that wash and then just spot-treat your blemishes with tea tree oil. After washing your face as usual, apply a little tea tree oil to a cotton swab, and dab it on your blemishes. The blemishes should clear up more quickly.

If conventional acne treatments have left you displeased, it may be time to give tea tree oil a try. Like all acne treatments, it does not work for everyone – but it's worth a try to see if it works for you! To learn more, contact a cosmetic dermatology clinic.